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Plasma and High Voltage Electricity

Plasma is very useful for electromagnetic experiments as it will easily react with fields and can alter phase of electromagnetic waves passing through it. The DIY Tesla Coil shown in the projects section was used to generate many of the images shown here.

Below is a collection of photos we've taken of various experiments involving plasma or high voltage and corona. The pictures are displayed via Flickr, for a larger view, click the image to open a new window.

All images are copyrighted, do not reproduce them without permission. If you would like higher resolution images, or would like to use them for commercial purposes, please contact us.

Euro (Kirlian Photo)

Euro (Kirlian Photo)

A Kirlian photo of a one Euro coin taken using a digital SLR camera.

Plasma Dyed Red

Plasma Dyed Red

Just a picture of some Plasma squiggly stuff that has been altered to look red.

Arcing Tesla Coil

Arcing Tesla Coil

An arc of Plasma forming between a Tesla coil and a grounded metal sphere. The Tesla coil is using a very high spark gap rate for this photo

Fingerprint (Kirlian Photo)

Fingerprint (Kirlian Photo)

A Kirlian photo of a fingertip.

Plasma Creature

Plasma Creature

Some kind of ghostly creature made from electrical Plasma

Leaf (Kirlian Photo)

Leaf (Kirlian Photo)

A Kirlian photo of a leaf taken with a digital SLR

£2 Coin (again)

£2 Coin (again)

A Kirlian photo of a £2 coin. This time taken with a digital camera.

Entangled

Entangled

Here the camera is focused on a transparent conductor while arcs from a small Tesla Coil are fired at it along a stream of Argon Gas

Two Pound Coin

Two Pound Coin

Kirlian Photo of £2 coin. The high voltage is provided by a Power Pulse Generator

Mini Nebula

Mini Nebula

Kirlian Photo of paper smeared with a small amount of a eutectic alloy liquid metal The high voltage is provided by a small Tesla Coil operating with a very high frequency spark gap rate, and therefore lower voltage. This one looks quite different to the version using higer voltages ("Electric Veins")

Single Shot Pulse Discharge

Single Shot Pulse Discharge

This shows a special device used to contain liquids so that there is effectivley two 'liquid electrodes'
A high voltage capacitor in a power pulse generator is discharged between the areas of liquid. You can see how the plasma spreads across the surface of the larger area of surrounding liquid.

Outer Space in the Lab

Outer Space in the Lab

Magnetic Deflection of Plasma
The central circle is a large circular magnet placed under the special vacuum chamber. Two smaller magnets are above and below it in the image.
The high voltage AC electric field supplied by a power pulse generator is horizontal accross the image, while the magnetic field is coming out perpendicular to your screen.

Flame enhanced Arcs (IR Filtered)

Flame enhanced Arcs (IR Filtered)

Arcs from a small Flame on a Tesla Coil Viewed through a light infrared band pass filter

Closeup of flame on Tesla coil

Closeup of flame on Tesla coil

Closeup of small flame emmited from Tesla Coil Sphere

Arcs from the tip of a Laser Pointer

Arcs from the tip of a Laser Pointer

Arcs from a tesla coil with a small laser pointer lens fixed to the top.

Ghostly Plasma

Ghostly Plasma

This is NOT a plasma globe. These arcs are in open air.
Tesla coil discharge photographed using black and white superfast film.

You are seeing Plasma Filaments emited from a metal sphere of approximatley 5cm diameter.

Quartz Crystal Plasma

Quartz Crystal Plasma

Plasma Forming around a Cut and Polished Quartz crystal on a Tesla coil

Electric Veins

Electric Veins

Kirlian Photo of paper smeared with a small amount of a eutectic alloy liquid metal.

The high voltage is provided by a small Tesla Coil and is therfore at a much higher voltage and frequency than a standard HV PSU.

Arcs on Quartz Crystal

Arcs on Quartz Crystal

High voltage from Tesla Coil wraps around Quartz crystal.

Fusor Plasma

Fusor Plasma

Dipole Spherical wire mesh electrodes in partial vacuum. This plasma was produced inside a DIY Vacuum Chamber

See the Experiments section for movie clips and more photos.

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